The pair spent the next six months meeting at the Ithaca Yacht Club for several hours a day, three days a week. The format of the book, a series of Q&As between the two, was born out of Lawrence’s strength as a reporter and Moran’s gift for storytelling.
“I thought it would be unique if Steve would ask me questions that would lead to a story,” says Moran. “We put a lot of emphasis on the things I thought were important to talk about. Especially keeping my grandchildren in mind. We thought it would be 12 chapters and it went 20. We thought it would be about 150 pages and it ended up being 350 pages. But it was a joy. We laughed a lot. There were some tears every once and a while. I’m delighted with how it came out.”
Moran's long-awaited autobiography – It’s Great To Be Here – takes readers on a 350-page journey from the legendary coach's birth during the Great Depression, to his family's great sacrifice during World War II, to his years as an elite player and a revered coach, to his lifetime of connecting with people.
One of the most successful college lacrosse coaches of all time, during his tenure with the Big Red, Moran was named the USILA Coach of the Year three times (1971, 1977, 1987) the USILA Man of the Year (1975), and served as the head coach of Team USA in the 1978 World Games. He led the Big Red for 29 seasons and won three national championships (1971, 1976, 1977) in the process. His teams won 15 Ivy League championships, including seven straight from 1974 to 1980, and turned in three national runner-up performances, losing in the title game in 1978, 1987 and 1988. Moran also set an NCAA record as he guided his teams to 42 consecutive victories from 1976-78 and an Ivy League record 39 straight conference wins from 1973-1979.